Southampton boss Ronald Koeman will not be taking the same risks as West Ham counterpart Slaven Bilic ahead of the Saints’ trip to Vitesse.
Despite holding a 3-0 lead over the Arnhem outfit, the Dutch tactician has refrained from sending an under-strength delegatation to his homeland for the second leg of their Europa League third qualifying round clash.
This alone makes their 5/4 for victory great value, but if this price isn’t long enough to tickle your punting fancy, try these alternative wagers on for size.
Southampton clean sheet @ 12/5
Saints boasted the meanest backline in all of England last season and don’t look about to kick their stringent habits if recent results are anything to go by.
After a porous three opening friendly fixtures, they racked up four clean sheets on the spin, culminating in last Thursday’s victory over Vitesse.
The hosts may not have failed to score at home since January, but they’d drew just one blank in ten on the road prior to their St Mary’s stifling seven days ago, so if anyone can snap this scoring streak, it’s Southampton.
More goals in the first half @ 21/10
An overwhelming majority of Saints’ recent away fixtures have seen more goals scored before the interval.
Five of their last seven competitive road games have complied with this trend, as did last week’s first leg.